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ALJ111 - News Reporting 1

Year:

2021 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online), CBD*
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Kristy Hess
Trimester 3: Kristy Hess
Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

Trimester 1: 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Trimester 3: 1 x 5-hour seminar (week 1), 1 x 4-hour seminar (weeks 2, 5, 6), 1 x 5-hour seminar (week 10)

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online and independent learning activities including 1 x 2-hour seminar equivalent. This will include recordings, and synchronous and asynchronous learning activities

Note:

*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery

Content

This unit is an introduction to the practice and theory of multimedia journalism. It sets the social, professional and legal context for journalism practice, and introduces students to the convention of news writing and reporting stories. Students will also focus on combining text with photos and audio clips to produce news stories; critically examining their own production processes, and learn to report multimedia news stories to a deadline.

 

These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

ULO1

Be able to identify, develop and research news stories

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

ULO2

Arrange and carry out successful news interviews

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

ULO3

Sort and sift the material gathered to identify the key news points

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

ULO4

Write a news story in direct, effective, engaging style with strict attention to factual accuracy as well as accuracy in punctuation, spelling and grammar

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

ULO5

Develop an awareness of the legal and ethical framework that journalists operate within in Australia

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

ULO6

Develop an awareness of the Australian news media, the changes occurring in the news industry and the factors driving these changes

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year

Assessment

Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Research file 800 words or equivalent 20% Week 4
Assessment 2 - Practical work 1600 words or equivalent 40% Week 8
Assessment 3 - Multimedia news story 1600 words or equivalent 40% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: ALJ111 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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